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#1 Johnny Kilroy

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:02 AM

Janoris Jenkins | 5'10" | 193 | North Alabama

N. Alabama Stats (1 year) 2 INTs, 53 tackles

Florida Stats (3 Years) 8 INTs, 121 tackles


First want to say that if Morris Claiborne falls to our #9 pick we'd be stupid not to select him. He might not be as good a cover corner but he is right up there with Janoris. That coupled along with Jenkins's past makes Mo a safer pick. But I just want to make the case for Janoris Jenkins, whether that be at #9 or if we trade down.

Janoris Jenkins's talent should never really come into question. He has always been highly touted as he was one of the top recruits coming out of high school. As a true freshman, Janoris started from day 1 at CB. He was just the second true freshman to do that at the University of Florida. While in Gainesville he was a part of some great defenses. He even shared the field with Joe Haden. Anybody who watched Gator games would know that that was one of the best CB tandem in all of college football. But if you had to grade them separately, Janoris always seemed a couple notches above. Haden was the better athlete and had great ball skills. But Jenkins was the better cover corner and was able to limit the throws to his side of the field. The Browns now have their CB for the future in Haden and we could do the same with Jenkins.

I know many are wary of Jenkins's past and rightfully so. He has been caught multiple times for marijuana and was kicked off UF's football team heading into his senior season. Personally, I think this was one of the best things that could have happened to Janoris. It gave Janoris a new perspective on his situation, "It humbled me a lot seeing how I went from Florida to a Division II football school in one season. It really humbled me as a kid. It taught me a lot. The environment was totally different, from 95,000 in "The Swamp" to 3,500 at UNA. Big difference." This humbling experience matured him and allowed him to see how his decision making can affect him on the football field. Going from the SEC to division II, Jenkins realized the spotlight wasn't nearly as big. Jenkins never failed a drug test at UNA according to Bowden and has kept his nose clean off the football field.

Why It Makes Sense for the Panthers?
I think most could argue that CB is the one position that needs to be upgraded the most. If not the top need, it's 1b. Besides Gamble, our CBs are hardly reliable. Adding a CB that can actually cover to go alongside Gamble will ease our safeties. I feel like playing safety on a team that can't defend the pass or the run has to be a tough task. Not knowing whether to shade a certain side of the field to defend the pass or coming up in the box to stop the run seemed like a constant dilemma for our safeties. Jenkins would be the first step in making this a more complete defense.

I think many would agree that this years draft class is deep in the CB department but that doesn't mean there isn't a drop off in terms of talent.

Personal Scouting Report
First, I will begin with the negatives for Jenkins. I'll start with the obvious character concern. As many know, Jenkins played at UNA this year because he was no longer a part of the UF football team after multiple violations. Many have cited this reason alone for wanting nothing to do with him. As far as on the field weaknesses, there is really only one glaring concern and that is his size. I think his size, or lack thereof, is more of a concern in run support than in the pass game.

If you can get past his character concerns, it's easy to see that Jenkins is a stud CB. Addressing his history of bad decision making, I truly think that his time at Division II matured him. If he can keep his nose clean he will be a great CB. He does lack size but that didn't seem like a problem for him when defending the top receivers in the SEC. He has good leaping ability. He is very agile and has fluid hips that allows him to change direction even while reacting to the wideout. And even on the rare occasion that there is a sizable separation, Jenkins is able to cover ground with his speed. He is the best cover corner in this years draft because of his ability to shut down and truly limit one side of the field. Concerning run support, Janoris has great instincts. He is very aggressive and is able to stop the back before he can make his move. But because of his size he is not always able to make the tackle. But the fact that he can get there with great speed, he can at least slow things down so the linebackers can clean up the mess.


Most have seen his work at UF but here are Highlights from UNA


I understand the people that want to stay away from him because of his past. But what I can't understand are the people that are able to overlook the character concerns but are suggesting CBs (not named Claiborne) over Janoris. As far as just talent and production, he is in the debate for the #1 CB in the draft.

I think the positives outweigh the negatives and truly feel he has matured from his time at UNA. He is saying all the right things and has taken ownership of his mistakes in his interviews. This is much better than placing the blame somewhere else or trying to find excuses. Admitting your mistakes is the first step in the process of changing as a person. And that is what I see from for Janoris Jenkins.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:21 AM

Great post!
I'm dying for us to draft Janoris. He's my favorite player in this draft. One player I think that is worth taking at 9th, is Janoris. And fug yall others who want to disagree. Even though that won't happen. Janoris is the best cover corner in the draft! No matter what anyone say. And I totally agree with you on how others could suggests other cbs over JJ.

Rivera is the man to shape this kid up.

(drafttek):
Rd.2 No.40 Panthers: Janoris Jenkins

"Perhaps the most talented (but troubled) CB in this year's draft class (yeah, I know . . . but compare his numbers to Claiborne) finds his name called by the Carolina Panthers. HC Ron Rivera is a no-nonsense, defensive minded coach . . . if he can't pull the right strings to motivate Jenkins, I don't know who can." drafttek

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

Jenkins in the 2nd round.. I have ZERO problem with. At #9, not worth the risk before this post, and not worth the risk after this post.

I don't think anyone question's Jenkins football skills.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:41 AM

Good post, you certainly make a great argument for JJ. I realize that it is a highlight tape but damn, there is no denying his talent and explosiveness both at the CB position and in the return game. He is the definition of elusive with the football in his hands and he certainly has a knack for the ball.

Ideally, as I am sure most would agree, I would like to trade back into the 14-18 range and pick up and extra 2/3. IF we could do that, I would love to see Janoris drafted and in Panther blue. If not, assuming Mo does not fall and is not drafted by Carolina at 9, I pray Janoris is still available at our pick in the 2nd, I just doubt he will be. I can see a team like New England snagging him at the bottom of the first.

That being said, and I know most hate when Hurney trades up, but if his background checks and interviews checkout with Hurney, the front office, and RIvera... I would not mind taking the likes of Coples and moving up to take Janoris if he is still around at the end of the first which he may even be. He has top 10 talent, and I trust our front offices instincts and their research on a player's character. Man, the thought of Coples and Janoris added to this defense has me foaming at the mouth for August already.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:44 AM

Good post, you certainly make a great argument for JJ. I realize that it is a highlight tape but damn, there is no denying his talent and explosiveness both at the CB position and in the return game. He is the definition of elusive with the football in his hands and he certainly has a knack for the ball.

Ideally, as I am sure most would agree, I would like to trade back into the 14-18 range and pick up and extra 2/3. IF we could do that, I would love to see Janoris drafted and in Panther blue. If not, assuming Mo does not fall and is not drafted by Carolina at 9, I pray Janoris is still available at our pick in the 2nd, I just doubt he will be. I can see a team like New England snagging him at the bottom of the first.

That being said, and I know most hate when Hurney trades up, but if his background checks and interviews checkout with Hurney, the front office, and RIvera... I would not mind taking the likes of Coples and moving up to take Janoris if he is still around at the end of the first which he may even be. He has top 10 talent, and I trust our front offices instincts and their research on a player's character. Man, the thought of Coples and Janoris added to this defense has me foaming at the mouth for August already.


I would love to see that happen.
I would care less if we trade a nxt yr pick to move up and grab JJ. Bc our nxt yr ain't going to be a high pick anyway. Also I am so used to having no first or second rounder each year.

I am drooling thinking of coples and jenkins

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:55 AM

Jenkins in the 2nd round.. I have ZERO problem with. At #9, not worth the risk before this post, and not worth the risk after this post.

I don't think anyone question's Jenkins football skills.


If the risk isn't the talent then you must be hung up on the character concern. So why is the risk worth it just one round below?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

I've said all along, Jenkins will be the best defensive player from this draft. Picking at #9 would not be a mistake or a reach. He won't fall into the second round. CB is our biggest need and he is our best option at #9.

Have there been any reports of him visiting or us showing interest?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:12 AM

not worth a top 10 pick.

kudos to the great effort in your argument.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:14 AM

not worth a top 10 pick.

kudos to the great effort in your argument.


What is your case for him not being a top 10 pick?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:14 AM

Just got to work. Don't have time to debate.

I won't be upset if the Panthers draft him...just don't feel he is a top ten pick.



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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:14 AM

I think there is ZERO possibility that Jenkins is there in the 2nd round.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

I really haven't seen much interest concerning Janoris at all. Maybe I am not looking in the right places.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

I think there is ZERO possibility that Jenkins is there in the 2nd round.


Agreed, I think anyone would be hard pressed to name 10 players in this draft who are better than Jenkins at their respective positions. He just may be the second CB off the board.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

Great write-up!

At this point, if we can get two first year defensive starters out of this draft I'll be happy.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:29 AM

if we somehow do trade back in the first, Janoris would be a great pick.

If Coples is there I don't see us passing on him for Janoris



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